January 26, 2001, 5:29 PM — Summary: In just a few short years, the World Wide Web and HTML have taken the world by storm. But HTML's limitations and the ever-increasing demand for more flexibility in Internet systems has XML, the Extensible Markup Language, brewing on the horizon. Further, Java applications that move data around need a data representation format as portable as Java itself. Developers who learn XML now will find it a powerful tool for data representation, storage, modelling, and interoperation.
Mark Johnson steps away from his popular JavaBeans column this month to introduce you to the world of XML: where it came from, why it's necessary, how it interoperates with existing Internet technology, and how to use it in your designs. You'll learn about Cascading Style Sheets and XSL, then follow up with a look at the XML and Java technology base at a promising Internet startup, with comments from that company's CEO and technical lead. By the time you've finished reading Mark's article, you'll understand why so many people are paying so much attention to this new data representation standard.